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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Is the Migrant Worker Shortfall Causing Problems?

With a call for British born people to go to the fields and start collecting the veg before it rots, it seems the focus on the construction industry is somewhat missing. And with Priti Patel focus on reducing immigration, it seems like this won’t be getting much easier. What does it mean ? Well, with […]

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Builders merchant sales tumble despite safety gear boost

The results of the first quarter sales from builders merchant sales show the initial dip response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Figures come from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) and they show a 6.7 per cent year-on-year decline in the value of sales to builders and contractors in the first quarter of 2020. This […]

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HSE resumes site inspections as low enforcement figures revealed

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has just announced that it is restarting “proactive” inspections of construction sites. This move follows a government announcement of more cash for the organisation and the prime minister Boris Johnson has promised the body would carry out “spot inspections” to make sure businesses were safe places to work. The […]

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Contractors are signing up for COVID-19 compliance courses

Housebuilders such as Wates, Kier, Vistry and Bellway have signed up to a COVID-19 compliance course, and more are expected to follow. The course has been launched by the construction recruitment firm O’Neill & Brennan, who will provide coronavirus training for construction workers.  The course is certified on the Register of Regulated Qualifications by Ofqual, and […]

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Furloughed workforce ‘drops to less than a quarter’

According to research from Build UK this week , the proportion of construction workers furloughed has fallen below 25 per cent. It surveyed 25 of its members, which includes some of the country’s largest contractors, which revealed the number of workers having their wages paid by the government has fallen from 30 per cent four […]

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